Google will need to stop forcing manufacturers to preinstall Chrome and Google search in order to offer the Google Play Store on handsets. Google will also need to stop preventing phone makers from using forked versions of Android
I’m against monopolies naturally. But I think this is a lot to ask from a company like Google, of course at the end of the day it all depends on the profitability isn’t it, if there’s still a profit why not comply? But the competitive market is not that simple/idealistic and there are too many variables to consider. What would happen if you can no longer “guide” the sheep? Well, they might leave for other currently developing pastures of course.
Well it all depends on the profitability model isn’t it. They could have a model like this: a mediocre android-like os for the pleb companies like Samsung and such that obeys the EU rules… and a gold standard whatever “android” deluxe for their own pixel line of phones and portable devices, a LOT of people already jump on pixel just because google made the camera AI night mode exclusive to pixels. So we already see some steps taken, but where this is going only they know, this is a company that thinks thousands steps ahead and has plans for generations.
With that said, other companies like Apple can do the opposite with their iOS, make an open version and dump it one the market oversaturated with android phones, and cause quite a stir, even I am curious how it would look and feel like.
It’s hard to predict how things will play out and what moves will have to be taken, more so the reason for the AI cold war, where google is leading I think.